Britain’s flag-waving fightback and Hungary’s war on colors

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I know it’s been written in your diary — in ink, underlined and circled for emphasis — for months but just in case you need a reminder, Friday is One Britain One Nation day!

It’s a beautiful day of togetherness that has been promoted by the U.K. Department for Education and which, according to the official website, sends “a clear message that embraces all of us, irrespective of race, nationality, faith, colour or creed; whether we were born in Britain or have chosen to live here.” Unless you’re from the EU and haven’t filled in the forms, of course, then you can piss right off!

If you like flags, people waving flags, people with flag designs painted on their faces and people holding large flags, it’s very much a website you’ll enjoy. There’s even a song, which schoolchildren across the land are being encouraged to sing on Friday (but not children in Scotland, as schools there have already finished for the summer. Still, One Britain One Nation!).

Guess how long it takes for the song to mention war …

Congratulations if you said 31 seconds! Amazingly, it doesn’t descend into mass chanting of “Two world wars and one World Cup” but instead repeats the refrain “Strong Britain, Great Nation” over and over until you promise to vote Conservative as long as you never have to listen to it again.

It’s all part of a fightback against the EU which, according to media reports, is considering reducing the amount of British content on TV.

Brexit’s going swimmingly, isn’t it? We’re only half a year in and we’ve already had a potential war in Jersey over fish, a potential war in Northern Ireland over sausages, and now a potential war across the Continent over 15-year-old episodes of “Midsomer Murders.”

Speaking of fighting with the EU, Viktor Orbán canceled his trip to Munich to watch the Hungary vs. Germany game in Euro 2020, the buildup to which was overshadowed by the Hungarian government and UEFA, European football’s governing body, being afraid that seeing colored lights might make everyone gay!

What happens in Hungary if there’s an actual rainbow? “Look away, son, a multicolored arc has been formed by light striking water droplets.”

As we all know, there are only two types of love in Hungary: that between a man and a woman, and that between a Fidesz MEP and his fellow naked male orgy enthusiasts.

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